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Guide to Byzantine Iconography: Volume II ONLY

CAVARNOS, DR. CONSTANTINE

Published by Inst for Byzantine & Modern Greek, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (2001)

ISBN 10: 0943405114 ISBN 13: 9780943405117

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Item Description: Inst for Byzantine & Modern Greek, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2001. Pictorial Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Preface: This volume begins as a continuation of Chapter III of Part Two of the first volume. There, I explained the festal icons of the Dodekaorton, namely, those of the Annunciation, the Nativity of Christ, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, the Baptism, the Transfiguration, the Raising of Lazarus, the Entry into Jerusalem, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, Pentecost, and the Dormition of the Theotokos. In this volume, we begin with a description and explanation of ten other icons of the Festal Cycle that are of special importance, being in various ways highly didactic and spiritually uplifting. The first of these are two icons which are related to the church services of the Holy and Great Week, in particular, the icon of The Holy Washing of the Disciples' Feet and the Mystical Supper. Then we proceed to the icon that depicts an event which is commemorated in the week that immediately follows the Holy and Great Week and is called in Greek Diakainesimos Hebdomas, and in English is variously spoken of as "New Week" (the closest approximation to the meaning of the Greek term), "Easter Week ," and "Bright Week." The event specially commemorated then is Christ Breaking the Bread at Emmaus, as a confirmation of His Resurrection. After that we deal with three icons that depict events which are celebrated on three successive Sundays after the Sunday of Thomas, during the period that precedes the Ascension and Pentecost. These icons depict two miracles of Christ that are specially emphasized by the Church: The Healing of the Paralytic and The Healing of the Blind Man, and also the significant event of Christ Conversing with the Samaritan Woman. The last mentioned icon serves to remind us of Christ's interest in persons who were not Jews and that faith in Him results in receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit, called "the water that springeth up into eternal life." I have added an Appendix in which I present some illuminating remarks which Saint Nektarios, Metropolitan of Pentapolis (better known as Saint Nectarios of Aegina), makes on the subject of "Types" in iconography. These I relate to pertinent observations on "Archetypes" made by Photios Kontoglou. Table of Contents: Ten Major Festal Icons: The Holy Washing of the Disciples' Feet The Mystical Supper Christ Breaking the Bread at Emmaus Christ Healing the Paralytic Christ Conversing with the Samaritan Woman Christ Healing the Blind Man The Nativity of the Theotokos The Elevation of the Precious Cross The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple The Restoration of Holy Icons God in Iconography: The Holy Trinity The Father The Holy Spirit Christ The Holy Napkin The Holy Tile Christ Pantocrator Panel Icon Panels of Christ the Merciful, the Lifegiver, & the Lightgiver Christ as the Ancient of Days Christ as the Great High Priest Christ as an Infant Christ as a Reclining Child Christ at the Age of Twelve in the Temple Christ as Emmanuel Christ as the Messenger of Great Counsel Christ in Another Form The Theotokos: Panagia the Hodegetria Panagia the Eleousa Panagia the Glykophilousa Panagia of the Passion Panagia of the Angels Panagia the Fount of Life Saint John The Baptist: The Older Type The Later Type The Angels: The Nine Orders of Holy Angels The Fallen Angels The Seraphim The Cherubim Archangels and Angels Appendix: St Nectarios of Aegina on Types in Iconography 160pp. English. Fortyfive black and white images. Bookseller Inventory # 004577

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Guide to Byzantine Iconography: Volume I ONLY

Cavarnos, Dr. Constantine

Published by Inst for Byzantine & Modern Greek, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (1993)

ISBN 10: 094340505X ISBN 13: 9780943405056

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Item Description: Inst for Byzantine & Modern Greek, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1993. Pictorial Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Foreword: The Blessed Iconographer Photios Kontoglou used to say that the holy icons are full of the light of Christ, and the Orthodox Christian who gazes upon them and venerates them with faith and simplicity of heart is filled with this blessed light. As Christians we have found this observation to be true. That is why we never tire to look upon the holy icons and stand in prayer before them as if we were in the presence of the very persons depicted in them. To the non-Christian, this quiet and joyous light is not perceptible. Having eyes, he cannot see, as our Saviour tells us in the Gospels. In the icons the secular man sees colors, forms, art, culture. He can appreciate the artistic ability of the iconographer and will pay a price for the "mood" or "atmosphere" that the icon creates, even as he would for a painting by El Greco or Picasso, but the inner, hidden world eludes him. To the Christians, holy icons are a spiritual banquet, a feast for the eyes and the heart. The present volume is a book about icons. It was written by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos, who for many decades now has been shown forth as a quickly writing "scribe which is instructed unto the Kingdom of the Heavens," and "bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old" (Matthew 13:52). He needs no introduction to the Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, for his numerous publications are widely read and quoted in many quarters. The present volume is the effulgence, one may be bold to say, of a whole lifetime of beholding, venerating, standing before, and speaking about holy icons. When our fathers first saw the manuscript of the present volume, they became enthusiastic, since it dealt with many tenets and teachings of iconography rarely found, if to be found at all, in the English language, such as Archetypes, Frontality, Hieraticalness, Inverted and Psychological Perspective, Abolition of Time, etc. One can rightly say that the present volume is a handbook of Orthodox iconography for both the iconographer and the layman, for both the faithful and the student and friend of iconography. In less than three hundred pages one comes across information that it would take searching many volumes to find. We, therefore, congratulated the author and encouraged him to have it published. On learning that only a relatively small number of books were planned for publication, due to the expense and limited storage space, we asked if we might be able to publish the book ourselves, for, although our monastery is self-supporting and not of means, we felt that this text was an important one and were eager to secure its wider circulation. Table of Contents: Byzantine Iconography as a Sacred Art Its History Themes of Byzantine Iconography Frontality The Face Archetypes The Halo The Garments The Members of the Body Objects The Background Inverted and Psychological Perspective Abolition of Time Aesthetic Features Hieraticalness Iconography and Architecture Classification of Icons Part One: Panel Icons on Proskynetaria and on the Iconostasis Proskynetaria The Iconostasis Part Two: Murals: Wall Painting and Mosaics The Doctrinal Cycle: Christ as the Door Christ as Pantocrator Choir of Angels Prophets The Four Evangelists The Theotokos as Platytera The Second Coming of Christ The Liturgical Cycle The Divine Liturgy Communion of the Apostles Great Hierarchs Other Figures The Festal Cycle: The Annunciation The Nativity The Presentation of Christ in the Temple The Baptism The Transfiguration The Raising of Lazarus The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem The Crucifixion The Resurrection The Touching of Thomas The Myrrh-bearing Women Apostles Peter and John at the Tomb The Ascension Pentecost The Dormition of the Theotokos The Ladder of Divine Ascent Appendix: St John Damascene's Defense of Iconography & Veneration of Holy Icons 263pp. English. Over seventy black & white images. Bookseller Inventory # 004504

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